Srinagar 22nd, Feb: Peoples Democratic Party electoral college today elected Ms Mehbooba Mufti as party president for a period of three years. Party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura proposed the name of Ms Mehbooba Mufti as the candidate for the post of party president. The proposal was seconded by senior leader Khurshed Alam. Chairman election board of the party Mr A R Veeri conducted the proceeding. Earlier the partys electoral college from Jammu province unanimously elected Ms Mufti as the party president. In a meeting held at party headquarters at Gandhinagar,Jammu, party senior leader and former MLC Yashpal Sharma proposed Ms Mufti`s name which was seconded by Bharat Bhushan Gupta. The election board had appointed senior leader and former MLC Surinder Chaudhary as Returning Officer for Jammu province.

Asserting that under the leadership of Ms Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP would vociferously champion the cause of the people of J&K, party leadership expressed hope that her firm resolve will induce fresh energies and steer the party to newer heights.

“From grassroots politics to emergence as a beacon of hope for young & disempowered, Mehbooba ji’s dynamism & all inclusive politics have set new benchmarks & changed the course of polity in subcontinent,” Party leadership reiterated

On this occasion, thanking the Electoral College members from Kashmir and Jammu province for reposing their trust and electing her as the president Ms Mehbooba Mufti assured the party cadre that she would take PDP’s agenda of “peace with dignity” forward no matter how hard the road to realizing this goal may be.

“PDP will work tirelessly to fulfill our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K and never waiver from speaking up for the rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.

Ms Mehbooba Mufti impressed upon the party cadre to rededicate themselves towards the party’s agenda and the people. She asked them to assume the role of ambassadors of peace and change.

“The road to peace in J&K paves through the mechanisms of dialogue and reconciliation only as envisioned by our late founder. The very ethos of PDP is about advocating and catalyzing peace, reconciliation, inclusiveness and development. And all this is not mere rhetoric but has been implemented in the short span that our party was at the helm. In these turbulent times PDP`s agenda is ever more relevant,” Mehbooba said.

Asserting that she would continue to lead the party in becoming the agent of change for dignity, peace and development, Mehbooba asked the Party cadre should focus on bridging the intra regional divide. She impressed upon the youth in particular to play their role as agents of change.

“PDP has a role to articulate the aspiration of the people of J&K across the geographic and regional divide. Our People look up to us for speaking up for them whether in matters of our political identity or matters of day to day life. This is what PDP was formed for and we must stay true to our ethos as a party,” she said.

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